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3D simulation aims to improve operator training

04 October 2011

The skills shortage in the process industry has created an acute need for professionals who can ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations in a process environment.

This was the main driver behind the recent announcement of the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Honeywell and Virthualis s.r.l, an engineering and research firm focused on improving decision making in the design and implementation of safety, to develop a 3D simulation solution to improve operator training and plant safety.

Virthualis’ 3D visualisation technology, called MindSafe - including modules for safety management, accident analysis and risk assessment – will be linked to Honeywell’s existing UniSim simulation tool, providing a holistic virtual environment that can be used to efficiently design, analyze, and verify plant operations, as well as to prepare operations teams for safe, reliable and efficient operations.

“We see many of our clients struggling to recruit operations staff with the right mix of skills, so we are pleased to be in a position to deliver a strong engineering and training solution that can bridge the competency gap,” said Elgonda La Grange, global consulting services director, Honeywell Process Solutions. “The fusion of Honeywell and Virthualis technologies enhances our existing simulation business with additional expertise and a 3-D learning environment to quickly evaluate and train operators to respond to critical plant conditions.”

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